Aliens: Advent/Terminus is a two-part comic book short story (the first part entitled "Advent" and the second part entitled "Terminus") that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #42-43, from July-August 1990. Originally published in black and white, the story was written by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, illustrated and inked by Guinan, lettered by Willie Schubert and edited by Randy Stradley. The issues of Dark Horse Presents also featured Aliens cover art by Guinan.
In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Advent/Terminus was preceded by Aliens: Nightmare Asylum, published concurrently with Aliens: Female War, and was followed by Aliens: Countdown. The non-Dark Horse comic Do Aliens Dream? was also released concurrently, although it is not considered a part of the line.
#42: Dark Horse comics premiere anthology presents in this issue the beginning of a two-part Aliens saga, by Heartbreakers co-creator Paul Guinan!
#43: Paul Guinan's all-new Aliens tale of an extraterrestrial treasure hunting expedition concludes as a vengeance-crazed cyborg leads them in a fight for survival.
The story features a wealthy neophyte explorer on hard times, his sex-synth, his mercenary bodyguard and a story-hungry freelance news reporter who encounter Aliens during an expedition into an Egyptian-style Alien tomb on a distant, high prize-yielding planet with poignant results.
The comic was later collected alongside a number of other Aliens stories published in Dark Horse Presents up to that point in the Dark Horse Presents: Aliens trade paperback, released in April 1992. For this release the story was colored by Rachelle Menashe.
The story was was eventually collected again as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 3 in March 2008.
Behind the Scenes
Aliens: Advent/Terminus was the first Aliens comic not to be written by Mark Verheiden (not counting Alien: The Illustrated Story, which is an adaptation of the film Alien and is not considered a part of Dark Horse Comics' Aliens line). The influential author had penned all of the preceding original stories published under the Aliens banner, thereby laying the foundations for the long-running comics line that continues to this day.
Comics creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett were husband and wife. Guinan had also worked as an actor and Bennett would eventually become an editor at Dark Horse Comics, for a time on their Star Wars line. Guinan would go on to become one of the main artists/creators on the sprawling, year-long Aliens: Colonial Marines series that ran from 1993-1994. In fact, amidst almost constant creative-team shake-ups on that faltering series, Guinan was probably the most consistent creator on the book, serving variously as artist, plotter, writer, inker and concept designer.
- The two part Advent/Terminus story is noteworthy for being the first Aliens comic to shift the focus away from existing movie characters. Thus, in some ways, it can be considered the first true expansion of the Alien franchise beyond the films. It set the tone for using original protagonists unconnected to the movie series, a trend that has been followed by virtually every Alien comic book and novel since.
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